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An opportunity for students who have disengaged from their high school to earn a high school diploma while earning college credits. 

Through Pivot, PPCC partners with local school districts to create the opportunity to pull students back onto a path to complete high school and get started with college. 

Through a combination of courses (some digital, some face-to-face) students earn dual credits that move them toward high school graduation. Since Pivot’s launch in Fall 2018, nine students have earned their high school diplomas. Twelve more students are on track to graduate from high school in Fall 2021. Outreach for the 2021-22 school year is underway and will continue through mid-August.

PPCC conducts outreach for students based on contact and eligibility information provided by the school district. The college recruits based on college semester start dates. Recruitment for fall semester is conducted February through August. Recruitment for spring semester is conducted September through January.

Participating School Districts: 

  • Harrison School District 2
  • Widefield School District 3
  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8
  • Colorado Springs School District 11
  • Academy School District 20
  • Falcon School District 49

Pivot Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for Pivot?

There are three criteria for identifying the ideal candidate:

  • A student who expresses the desire to complete a high school diploma (rather than an equivalency diploma).
  • A student who is at least 16 and who has the potential to earn enough high school credits to fulfill graduation requirements by 21 years of age.
  • A student who has expressed some interest in post-secondary education or training.​​​​​​

Who benefits from Pivot?

Our community benefits when students persist to high school graduation. School districts whose performance frameworks are negatively impacted by a dropout rate see improved results in that regard. Students and their families benefit. Remarkably, young people who no longer believed that they were ‘college material’ find themselves experiencing success in a college classroom, and they begin to dream of a brighter future.

What is the school district’s role in Pivot?

Students taking part in Pivot need to be re-enrolled through a district program or school so that they may continue to add credits to a high school transcript. A school counselor supports the Pivot Success Coach with the development of a student success plan. Pivot students spend 100% of their school time on the college campus.

Which students would not benefit from Pivot?

Students whose goal is to simply complete high school don’t benefit from Pivot programming. Students who may age out of public education before earning enough credits to graduate likewise do not stand to benefit.




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